About FireRescue1 Academy
We believe a well-trained fire department is a safer, more effective fire department. That’s why we’ve created the industry’s most comprehensive yet user-friendly online video training system. Our platform features more than 500 short-format and 30 training-block courses with quizzes, plus tracking of self-paced training. Launched in January 2011, the FireRescue1 Academy addresses the gap between fire rescue department budgets and the need to provide ongoing high quality training to rescue personnel.
Our cutting-edge technology and rich online media experience cost-effectively addresses training needs and compliance requirements. The FireRescue1 Academy delivers continuing education that assists all levels of fire rescue in better serving their communities.
About Praetorian Digital
Praetorian Digital is the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market. We run a robust network of web sites dedicated to providing First Responders, Military, and Local Government officials with the mission-critical information needed to protect their communities. In 2013, Praetorian was named the winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award.
FireRescue1.com is the leading website for fire rescue. FireRescue1 provides fire rescue-specific resources designed to help personnel stay safe and more effectively protect their communities. FireRescue1 creates a trusted and safe community for the exchange and discussion of key fire rescue issues, including breaking news, top products and important firefighter safety strategies.
About the FireRescue1 Academy Team
Bob Bradley, Senior Vice President
Bob oversees business direction and all operations of Praetorian’s learning division including LocalGovU. For the past 20 years, Bob has been instrumental in delivering success for technology companies across several industries. Prior to joining Praetorian Digital, Bob spent 6+ years as Netsertive’s VP of Sales and Business Development, where he was delivered over 3000% revenue growth for the SaaS based marketing company. Bob was the VP National Sales & Marketing for publicly traded mobile video technology provider ICOP Digital and was responsible for many large agency deployments including outfitting video technology throughout the entire Customs and Border Protection pursuit fleet on the southern border. He was the VP Sales & Business Development for mobile video systems provider Integrian where he delivered 700% revenue growth, sold and implemented some of the largest and most complex solutions in public safety and transportation including City of Dallas, New York City Transit/MTA, and many State Highway Patrol agencies. Earlier in his career he held the VP Sales & Marketing position for software provider SlickEdit, driving growth with 1,400 new clients and 18 OEM partnerships. Bob holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Masters degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon.
Brandon Almendarez, Director of Customer Success
Brandon and his team focus on producing positive outcomes for our clients by developing a team of trusted advisors. This is accomplished through deeply understanding our customer’s objectives, optimizing the customer life-cycle and mapping the customer’s business objectives to our products. As a software solution professional, Brandon has over 10 years of experience within digital marketing, SAAS, and technology industries as an Executive Leader while leading customer success and consulting teams. Brandon has a passion for business solutions and helping public agencies solve the unique challenges they face.
Starlet Franz, Senior Instructional Designer
Starlet holds 29 years of extensive learning and development experience through progressive roles working with company executives to improve organizational functions and process improvement in education. Starlet has been instrumental in content management, redesigning new hire curricula, redesigning training protocols and coaching and mentoring internal and external training teams. Starlet has provided executive-level learning leadership in healthcare, human resources, software, telecommunications, and financial institutions.
Amanda Champion, Director of Marketing and Business Development
With nearly a decade of experience in the public safety arena, including marketing, content development and accreditation, Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge to the company. She leads a group of five team members focused on communicating with clients and prospects on the available courses and features within PoliceOne Academy. Whether it’s through regular email campaigns, social media engagement or focused case studies, her team works strategically to ensure that users and system administrators are aware of the newest benefits within the platform. By interfacing with and maintaining key industry partnerships, Amanda and team are able to stay on the cusp of key trends in public safety (and local government) and translate those findings into materials that allow agencies take advantage of them to better protect the communities they serve.
Alex Ford, CEO
Alex Ford is CEO of Praetorian Digital, the leading digital media company in public safety and local government. Alex successfully built the company from the ground up, co-founding the company in 1999 and becoming its CEO in 2001. Under his direction, Praetorian has launched more than 25 websites, including PoliceOne.com, FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com and CorrectionsOne.com – all either the #1 or #2 media properties in their respective markets – and multiple SaaS products from online learning to grant management. During his tenure, Alex has achieved success by developing an innovative digital media business model that delivers incredible value to first responders, local government officials and industry suppliers alike. He’s continuing to aggressively grow the business through acquisitions and the development of new products and expansion into related verticals. His vision and ability to leverage technology and stay nimble has established Praetorian as a demonstrated thought leader in B2B digital media.